Located on the banks of Chattahoochee River, Canoe's beautiful historic setting makes it the perfect spot for any occasion. Dark wood and white tablecloths are featured in the dining room, which offers spectacular views of the river and the riverside gardens. Seafood selections highlight the contemporary American menu, and Southern specialties are offered on both the dinner and dessert menus. Selected as one of the country's best new restaurants by the James Beard Foundation, Canoe offers a romantic culinary treat for any occasion.
Jackets are required at this ultra-elegant spot in Buckhead. The lavish garden setting creates an unforgettable ambiance, one of many reasons La Grotta Ristorante Italiano has been named Atlanta's best Italian restaurant for many consecutive years. Pristine white tablecloths are set under fine china and crystal, an appropriate stage for the contemporary regional cuisine from all corners of Italy. Delicate pastas and an outstanding variety of veal preparations highlight a world-class menu, while an excellent wine list is also available.
This happening Midtown joint really packs them in, and is quickly garnering a reputation as a can't-miss destination on the local dining scene. The best way to describe the food is creatively modern Southern, but that doesn't really do it justice. The kitchen turns out such remarkable signature dishes as seafood bisque with sherry and scallops over stone ground grits with garlic gravy. Make reservations early on theater nights, as space fills up quickly. South City Kitchen surely promises a different spin on Southern cuisine.
Wisteria is a lovely neighborhood restaurant in the Inman Park area. The atmosphere is modest-rustic, yet very comfortable. Interior decoration mainly consists of a combination of brick and wood finishes with tables for two aligned across the wall. Wisteria is a great place to take visitors for a lively evening meal. The Menu is American with Southern culinary accents, e.g. their signature dish which is Molasses-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin, is absolutely delicious. Seafood lovers may try North Atlantic Skate Wing served over stone-ground corn grits. Service is very friendly and efficient.
Since 1979, Bone's has spared no expense in bringing Buckhead arguably its best steak. With oak walls and a brass-laden, smoky bar at the entrance, this place is a popular choice for a local meal as well as business lunches. Their impeccable wait staff delivers the best martinis in town, along with exceptional specialties like filet mignon and aged rib eye. For a change of pace, opt for their stuffed trout with vegetables on the side, among delicious coastal fare.
Apart from being a good hangout for a lunch date or dinner The Capital Grille makes an ideal venue for small private parties. Customized menus can also be catered for an occasion of up to 50 guests. Acclaimed for their specialty steaks, everything from dry aged porterhouse steak to Filet Mignon and double cut lamb chops are available for meat lovers. They even have an impressive list of wines with up to 5000 bottles on the wall. Guests are also offered personalized wine lockers for individual collections.
Thrive is a sophisticated addition to downtown's vibrant dining scene. Conveniently located near Philips Arena and the Georgia World Congress Center, the restaurant sees some heavy business traffic. Come nighttime, the atmosphere metamorphoses into a sea of hip city folk who love a good cocktail and great food. Asian flavors dominate the contemporary award-winning menu, in addition to timeless American favorites. Enjoy Soy Braised Beef Wrap, Pan Roasted Duck Breast, Santa Fe Salad, Dragon Sushi and Lava Roll, and a host of Nigiri and Sashimi alternatives. The inventive cocktail lists sees The Cure and Pickled Cucumber Martini as popular favorites. Celebrated architect Bill Johnson lends his aesthetic style to the interiors of the space, resulting in an ambiance of understated elegance.
Nestled within the sophisticated Glenn Hotel, its namesake restaurant is a great addition to the boutique hotel’s dining alternatives. Glenn's Kitchen is open all day and is perfect for diners looking for a casual yet refined ambiance. On the menu are Southern soul food specialties like North Georgia trout in lemon brown butter and grilled chicken sandwiches. Wash down your meal with a selection from handcrafted cocktails, wines and beers.
At the Terrace Restaurant at Ellis Hotel, you are offered not only an evolving menu crafted from the freshest ingredients, but also a great view of the bustling Peachtree Street in Downtown Atlanta. You won't come across any complicated concoctions here; the focus is on flavorful local American cuisine made from sustainable produce as far as possible. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and makes for a great venue for sophisticated events like rehearsal dinners.
An establishment where you can indulge your love for Southern cuisine and music simultaneously, Sweet Georgia's Juke Joint was established for one reason which is to have fun. This restaurant was made to be a place where people could be raucous and just let their hair down, and that is exactly what it has managed to achieve. This is a restaurant that is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch; some of its most popular offerings include the Smoked Sliced Beef Brisket and the St. Louis Pork Rib Rack. The wooden dance floor comes in handy should the live music make you want to shake a leg, and there is a private room with great views of the stage, meant for special events. Reservations are recommended, not mandatory.
Located atop The Westin Peachtree Plaza, this rotating restaurant provides stunning views of the entire metro area, and a spectacular setting for a business lunch or special occasion. The creative American menu features artfully-prepared favorites, including many beef and poultry selections. A separate rotating bar is located directly below the restaurant for taking in the view without the steep dinner ticket. Live jazz plays in the lounge on weekend nights. Jacket and tie recommended for gentlemen.
Every town has a gathering spot for local politicians and celebrities, and when the bigwigs turn out for Southern cuisine in Atlanta, this is the spot. Sip a Mint Julep while you peruse the menu of regional specialties, from Savannah crab cakes to coastal venison pie, home-baked breads and deserts to tomato-based barbecue. Drop in the antebellum dining room and enjoy the traditional live entertainment. Full bar service available.